Big rise in East Lancashire road damage claims

Big rise in East Lancashire road damage claims

Big rise in East Lancashire road damage claims

First published in East Lancashire

A SURGE of legal claims for highways trips, slips and car damage was received across Lancashire – ahead of a crackdown on ‘no win, no fee’ deals.

An extra 470-plus claims were reported to the county council’s legal team, from 2011/12 to 2012/13, county councillors have been told.

Last July saw legislat-ion introduced banning ‘conditional fee agreem-ents’, where costs could be recovered from local authorities.

Instead, a 10per cent general increase in damage was allowed for success-ful claimants under the new rules. But there was also a 273per cent increase in the number of veh- icle damage claims, from 317 to 871, often involving wheel and tyre problems, which are usually submitted directly to the council by members of the public.

Back in 2011/12 there were 1,362 highway claims, and this increased to 1,833 for the next 12-month per-iod.

The ‘no win, no fee’ regime ended on July 29 last year.

Bev Cullen, an official in Lancashire County Council chief executive’s depart-ment, said in a report: “It is anticipated that over time, when the new cost regime is fully establ-ished, the total costs pay-able in respect of claims will significantly reduce.

“However, if the county council successfully def-ends a claim after trial the county council’s costs cannot be recovered from the claimant,” she added.

Over the last year, 79per cent of claims were for £500 or less, another 16per cent were for £2,000 or less, and the rest were for £5,000 or less.

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3:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Black Car Guy. says...

Some of the roads around here are shocking. I bet there is more of damaged cars out there due to the poor roads.
Some of the roads around here are shocking. I bet there is more of damaged cars out there due to the poor roads. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 7

4:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

woolywords says...

I've got an hole in my sock, anyone know if I can make a claim, on a 'no win, no feet' basis, against the council?
I've got an hole in my sock, anyone know if I can make a claim, on a 'no win, no feet' basis, against the council? woolywords
  • Score: -6

4:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Samcro1882 says...

The previous Tory County Council spent most of the road repair money on stick 20MPH signs on every road in the county.
Dumbasses.
The previous Tory County Council spent most of the road repair money on stick 20MPH signs on every road in the county. Dumbasses. Samcro1882
  • Score: 3

9:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

psch says...

The pathetic highways department are negligent for their abysmal performance in road repairs and the removal of no win no fee is an obscene way of reducing costs by denying justice from those motorists least able to afford the repairs. I'd sack the lot
The pathetic highways department are negligent for their abysmal performance in road repairs and the removal of no win no fee is an obscene way of reducing costs by denying justice from those motorists least able to afford the repairs. I'd sack the lot psch
  • Score: 3

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